Aging is one inescapable fact of life. We’re constantly reminded of ageing whenever we look in the mirror as the undeniable effects of aging are quite visible on the skin. Our bodies slowly reduce production of proteins that keep our skin taut and youthful, causing it to sag and rendering it unable to easily repair damage. Our skin develops wrinkles and show visible damage from the sun and the elements.
While reversing aging is impossible, science has discovered ingredients that do the next best thing: help rejuvenate the skin. Such ingredients provide numerous benefits, like helping protect the skin from damage and reducing or preventing the appearance of wrinkles. Over the years many ingredients have been found to contribute to skin rejuvenation. Here are some of the more unusual ones found in the products of popular Korean skincare brands like Medi-Peel:
Synthetic Snake Venom
Most people would probably stay away from anything that says “snake venom” on it, as many types of snake venom can cause serious medical issues. In particular, many snakes produce venom that can cause muscular paralysis. But this potentially dangerous property actually makes snake venom a useful anti-aging ingredient. Researchers found out that a synthetic version of snake venom can cause temporary muscular paralysis and have the same effect as Botox. Thus, Syn-ake was created.
Wrinkles are formed when facial muscles contract repeatedly, such as when someone is constantly laughing, smiling or frowning. More importantly, they begin to appear in greater number as a person ages. Syn-ake and Botox operate help with wrinkles by preventing the muscles from contracting. While Botox is injected into the facial muscles, products with Syn-ake are topically applied and are not as costly – making it a viable alternative to the former.
The first documented account of the rejuvenating effects of snail slime was when Chilean escargot farmers noted visibly smoother skin after handling the edible snails. Unsurprisingly, this generated a lot of interest in the humble invertebrate. Snail mucus is rich in proteins and anti-microbials. Additionally, it contains several components that are known for their application in beauty products. These include elastin, copper peptides, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid.
Snail mucus has been known to help with repairing sun damage and reducing light wrinkles. There are spas that offer facials where live snails crawl all over your face. But for those who feel squeamish about having actual snails on their faces, using skincare products that contain snail filtrates can offer the same benefits.
As we age, the body produces less elastin and collagen. This makes our skin more susceptible to damage and start to loosen. It is with these problems that bee venom has been known to help. It’s not known exactly how the melittin in bee venom does its magic, but studies have shown that it enhances the natural production of collagen and elastin. With reports that bee venom was being used by celebrities like Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, its popularity has since increasing. However, those with bee allergies should be wary of using products with bee venom.
Just like snail slime, caviar’s efficacy as an anti-aging ingredient was a happy accidental discovery. Hatchery workers in Norway found that their hands looked younger compared to the rest of their bodies. Research showed that caviar is rich in proteins and anti-oxidants, and due to the cell makeup of caviar, these proteins and anti-oxidants are easily absorbed by our skin. This helps nourish the skin cells and aid in increasing the production of collagen.
The next time you go shopping for skincare products, you might want to look for ones that contain these ingredients. They may be unusual, but they can do your skin a lot of good.